American Geophysical Union provides experts available to comment on science of hurricanes

Hurricane Maria near peak intensity, moving north towards Puerto Rico, on September 19, 2017.
Credit: Naval Research Laboratory/NOAA.

Scientists are available to comment on the science of hurricanes and their impacts, including storm modeling and prediction, how climate change affects storms, historic hurricane activity, the evolution of coastal systems, damage mitigation and rebuilding.

Suzana Camargo is the Marie Tharp Lamont Research Professor of ocean and climate physics at Lamont Doherty Earth Institute of Columbia University in New York. Her expertise is on the relationship between hurricanes and climate from intra-seasonal to centennial time scales, including climate change influence on hurricanes. Recently, she also has focused on better quantifying tropical cyclone risk in present and future climates.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +1 (845) 365-8640

Shuyi Chen is a professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle. She studies high-impact weather such as hurricanes, air-sea interaction, precipitation and coastal flooding using airborne and satellite observations and coupled atmosphere-wave-ocean models. She leads national and international research programs and has provided expert testimony before the U.S. Congressional science committee on hurricanes and weather forecasting.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +1 (305) 479-6551

Jennifer Collins is a professor in the School of Geosciences at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Her research focuses on the interaction between large scale climatic patterns such as the El Niño – Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and seasonal patterns of hurricane activity. She also investigates how hurricane activity varies within the season and examines human behavior relating to hurricane evacuation.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +1 (570) 594-1932

James Done is a project scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. He has expertise on the impact of climate change on hurricanes, assessing storm potential damage, and analyzing the costs and benefits of wind-building codes in Florida.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +1 (303) 497-8209

Wei Mei is an assistant professor in the Department of Marine Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His expertise is on the interactions between hurricanes, the ocean and climate. He studies how large-scale atmospheric conditions and underlying ocean states affect hurricane activity on various time scales and how hurricanes shape the ocean-atmosphere system.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +1 (919) 962-0173

Jill Trepanier is an associate professor in the Department of Geography and Anthropology at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She has expertise in hurricane climatology, with an emphasis on the statistical assessment of risk. She works with observational databases of hurricane intensity and storm surge to best understand the combined risk along the U.S. coast.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +1 (225) 819-6592

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